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With injuries mounting in Cowboys backfield, Tony Romo has confidence in this unheard of running back

Tony Romo believes running back Gus Johnson has what it takes to start in the preseason opener.

“Gus did a good job yesterday. We had a short yardage and goal line,” Romo said on KTCK-AM 1310 via The Dallas Morning News. “It’s hard because you don’t have live so you don’t have the chance to show your ability to break a tackle, maybe get through a gap with a thud, not being a thud, it’s not a tackle. I just think he showed a little bit when we were live yesterday in some of the shortage. He’s got a chance.”

The Dallas Cowboys started this offseason confident in a group of running backs that includes Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Darren McFadden. That was before training camp and before Randle strained an oblique muscle, McFadden hasn’t practiced at all in camp because of a hamstring injury and Dunbar sprained his ankle.

Johnson, a rookie who went undrafted, has performed well during practice and said he looks forward to making the most out of this opportunity.

Stephen F. Austin’s Gus Johnson will be likely starting for Dallas on Thursday in their preseason opener at San Diego.

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